O’Hanlon breaks his own Irish 50k record
Local athlete Gary O’Hanlon broke his own Irish 50k record by four minutes at the Donadea 50k race in Kildare on Saturday.
The Kilkerley man won the event and with it the Irish 50k Championship in a persona best of 2:50.48.
Commenting on the race via his Twitter page the Clonliffe Harriers AC member said: “Delighted to take 4 minutes off the Irish 50K record with 2.50.47…pacing at 5.29 per mile for 31.1 miles / 3.24 per km x 50. Passed through 10k in 33min, half marathon 1.10, marathon in 2.22 and fading the last 5mile. Storm Erik thankfully held his breath and underfoot conditions held up. As a coach I’m super proud of my athletes and everyone competing and completing in style today. Thanks to Donadea’s Anto Lee and to Pop Up Races for their live timing throughout.”
The national record holder later told fastrunning.com: “I went out hard, too hard. 1.23.50 for 25k and 2:14 for 40k. Then I was questioning whether I could even finish the last 10k.”
“It was a very tough race mentally. With the marathon you get to 20 miles and there’s not far to go, but with a 50k you have almost another half marathon left,” reflected the Irish international.
“After four laps the underfoot conditions got a bit tougher too,” although O’Hanlon still held on to a fine pace across the finish line.
— John O'Regan (@johnoregan777) February 9, 2019